The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is being celebrated and recognised around the world on 3 December with the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

There is a programme currently underway for the transformation of the disability system here in New Zealand. The aim of this programme is for disabled people and their families to have greater flexibility, choice and control over the supports they need to live a good life. Some of the changes likely to occur will have a huge impact on services and even the way the system funds supports.

Enabling Good Lives (EGL) is a key initiative that aligns well with what the transformation programme aims to achieve. EGL is an approach that allows for more choice and control for disabled people and their families.

Here is a short video story about Stevie and how EGL has made a huge difference in her and her family's lives. 

Te Pou is working closely with the Ministry of Health and the sector to support the transformation programme. We fund a number of different kinds of grants to train and upskill the workforce. We have funded well over 35,000 individual participants since 2010 through our grants programme.

We have supported the development of Kia Noho Rangatira ai Tatou - an education programme based around the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).  

We also launched an online career matching platform earlier this year. This platform includes online training modules to assist new entrants to the workforce. It also includes online learning modules on our Let’s get real: Disability framework at an essential level.

Change is not an easy thing to navigate. However, positive transformation is only around the corner as we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.